Is 'Ecolabelling' The Way Forward For Sustainable Fishing?
by nchis_1 on November 28, 2016 - 2:36pm
The decline of marine species is having troubling affects on fisheries around the world. In an interview with marine biologist Dr. Worm, Mike Adams uses his expert opinions and recommendations to document the issue in greater depth. The article and interview covers the problem of commercial fishing of every corner of our planets oceans, with many of the fisheries now failing. During the interview, Dr. Worm exaggerated how unsustainable the sea life population is as a leading food source of the world. He explains how a dangerous issue in this subject is the lack of balance in ocean life caused by the speedy reduction of crucial predator species including sharks, along with the loss of mammals like whales- all of which have vital parts to play in the system. Its clear that the interview concluded that ultimately, it is due to human practices such as the ‘fining’ of sharks or the harvesting of krill which are disturbing and changing the marine ecosystems in a negative way.
In the article, Dr. Worm’s main points included the fact that there is a decline of 90% in marine species populations, which is greatly due to how destructive human activity is on them. This results in fisheries worldwide being put in a troubling position. He made it clear that the main problem and the largest single impact on marine ecosystems today is overfishing. Our oceans have reached a limit, as us humans are taking out too much whilst adding a lot of waste. Ultimately, he warns that by 2050, global fishing could essentially be eradicated if major changes re not made in terms of sustainable fishing.
I think it is humans’ consumption habits that are the problem. Within Canada, fisheries are huge employers with around 40,000 people harvesting in the country and around 31/32,000 working in the packaging sector. It is evident that fishing accounts for a huge percent of the countries income and the process has become more about the economic benefit and income rather than as a natural resource or the biology of the animal. This is a result of a problem of management of the fisheries in the wrong way. It’s a case of administrative rationalism which still underlines the way fisheries are managed and how they’ve been used. The methods, tools and standards in practice have changed and the number of managers has decreased, but the approach towards fisheries and oceans as a means to exploit them has remained the same.
The article never covered many solutions to the problems discussed however, one that was emphasised was when Dr. Worm stressed the importance of consumers informing themselves about the origins of their seafood purchases as this may encourage them to be more inclined to make more responsible decision when buying it. I think this is a valid suggestion he puts across as by through ‘Ecolabelling’, we can work towards raising awareness of the origins of consumers purchases and therefore more sustainable fishing. It is (what I think) an impressive and efficient regulatory tool which benefits both the environmentally friendliness of fishing and also the producers financially.
The article by Mike Adams for Natural News can be found here: http://www.naturalnews.com/025818_overfishing_Boris_Worm.html
His full-length interview (about 45 mins) can be found here if you are interested in listening to it: http://www.naturalnews.com/podcasts/InterviewBorisWormPodcast2009.mp3